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Battery charge against ex-UFC fighter Nate Diaz dropped months after Bourbon Street brawl

A felony charge against former UFC megastar Nate Diaz has been dropped by prosecutors after he was caught up in a street brawl with a TikTok personality on Bourbon Street last spring, a rep for the fighter said Monday.

The Orleans Parish District Attorney’s Office told Diaz’s camp they won’t be pursuing the case and he was no longer facing the second-degree battery charge, Diaz representative Zach Rosenfield told The Post.

Diaz, 38, was seen on video wrapping TikToker Rodney Petersen’s neck in a guillotine choke that knocked him out cold and left him lying on the busy New Orleans street. 

The TikToker was knocked out cold.

Diaz’s camp said the pro fighter’s actions were in self-defense.

“Since Rodney Petersen sought out to fight Nate on Bourbon Street, we have maintained Nate’s actions were 100% in self defense,” Rosenfield said in an email. “It was clear on video, clear in pictures and clear from the multiple other videos Rodney posted before and after.

“Nate has a right to defend himself against those who want to make a name for themselves and did so.”

A spokesperson for the district attorney’s office confirmed to ESPN the case was not moving forward.

“We appreciate the Orleans Parish District Attorney taking the time to review all aspects of this case and their decision to not proceed with it,” the Diaz spokesperson said.

Diaz was arrested in April over the incident that took place after he attended a boxing card at the XULA Convention Center to support teammate Chris Avila.

Jake Paul (left) fights against Nate Diaz in a boxing match at American Airlines Center.
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Petersen has gained online fame for resembling YouTuber Logan Paul.

Diaz lost to Jake Paul during his professional boxing debut in August following an illustrious career with the UFC that came to a close in 2022.